Previously on Throwback Thursday we covered the formation of The Dangerous Alliance, starting with the return of Rick Rude to WCW. Paul E Dangerously added members to the stable in the form of TV Champion Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton, and former Tag Champions Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko. Shortly after, The Dangerous Alliance had all the major titles except that World Title…
The story picks up in March 1992. Sting has vanquished World Champion Lex Luger (who was WBF bound), and reclaimed his position as the top dog in WCW.
Barry Windham had been attacked by Anderson and Zbyszko and put out of action. It was this attack that gained Zbyszko the monicker of “The Cruncher”. Ricky Steamboat replaced Barry Windham as a partner for Dustin Rhodes, which made him the next target.
Nikita Koloff feuded with Larry Z, which brought him into the fray
The Dangerous Alliance was also dominating in multi-man tag matches, as shown here with TV Champion Steve Austin teaming with Tag Champions Anderson & Eaton on the weekly Worldwide TV Show
That brings us to WrestleWar 1992. War Games, Sting’s Squadron (Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, and Nikita Koloff) faced The Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, and Larry Zbyszko) in the War Games Match. This is one of the few matches on American television to get a five-star rating from Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer
After the carnage had settled, Sting and his Squadron stood triumphant over the dastardly Dangerous Alliance. The cracks began to form in the Alliance. While they still teamed for the next few months, they never regained the steam they had at the beginning of the year. By the end of 1992, Dangerously had left WCW, soon to resurface in ECW.
Next week, we’ll explore another classic angle in wrestling history.